During the first 649 days of his presidency Donald Trump has told 6,420 lies, according to the Washington Post Fact Checker.
And perhaps in a sign of his increasing desperation, over the past seven weeks of campaigning for the midterms his rate of lying has increased dramatically.
During the first nine months that he was president he averaged five lies per day. But over the past seven weeks he has been averaging 30 LIES PER DAY.
Never has a president seemed so desperate during a midterm campaign season. Never has a president held so many rallies, and never has a president told so many lies. According to The Post, the number of falsehoods told by the president has increased in recent weeks:
“The flood of presidential misinformation has picked up dramatically as the president has barnstormed across the country, holding rallies with his supporters. Each of those rallies usually yields 35 to 45 suspect claims. But the president often has tacked on interviews with local media (in which he repeats the same false statements) and gaggles with the White House press corps before and after his trips.”
So here’s a tally from last month of Trump’s rally falsehoods:
- 84 false claims made by Trump on October 1, when he held a rally in Johnson City, Tenn.,
- 83 false claims made by Trump on October 22, when he held a rally in Houston, and
- 78 false claims made by Trump on Oct. 19, when he held a rally in Mesa, Arizona.
Even though September was the second-biggest month of the Trump presidency with 599 false and misleading claims, October was much worse, with well over 1,100 falsehoods and lies told by the president as he hit the campaign trail.
Not only will the 2018 midterm elections be a referendum on President Trump, it will also be a referendum on how well his lying works to fool American voters into supporting his favored candidates.
According to the Fact Checker,
“The president’s proclivity to twist data and fabricate stories is on full display at his rallies. He has his greatest hits: 120 times he had falsely said he passed the biggest tax cut in history, 80 times he has asserted that the U.S. economy today is the best in history and 74 times he has falsely said his border wall is already being built.”
Here are other Trump whoppers:
- Trump has many times denied he had imposed tariffs.
- Over 25 times he has claimed that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was No. 1 in his class at Yale University or at Yale Law School, which is not true.
- At least thirteen times, Trump invented untrue stories about Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and falsely claimed Blumenthal said he was a war hero.
- Trump also said Blumenthal dropped out of the Senate race, barely won anyway, and was crying when he apologized, but none of those things are true.
Trump’s attacks on Democrats have also escalated in recent weeks, as the election nears.
“They want to erase our gains and plunge our country into a nightmare of gridlock, poverty, chaos and, frankly, crime, because that’s what comes with it,” he said about Democrats on October 4. “The Democrat Party is radical socialism, Venezuela and open borders. It’s now called, to me — you’ve never heard this before, The Party of Crime. It’s a Party of Crime, it’s what it is. And to pay for their socialism, which is going to destroy our country.”
It is doubtful that intelligent and knowledgeable voters believe Donald Trump’s many lies. This means the only people who do believe them are his hardcore supporters, who attend his rallies and chant “lock her up.”
But the group of hardcore Trump supporters is in the minority in America, and this fact will be shown on election day. Trump supporters will be overwhelmed by voters who have grown extremely tired of listening to the lies emanating from the mouth of the President of the United States.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.